posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Mar 2011 11:39 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
Icon"Fully patched versions of Safari and Internet Explorer 8 were both successfully hacked today at pwn2own, the annual hacking competition held as part of the CanSecWest security conference. If a researcher can pwn the browser - that is, make it run arbitrary code - then they get to own the hardware the browser runs on. This year, not only did they have to run arbitrary code, they also had to escape any sandboxes - restricted environments with reduced access to data and the operating system - that are imposed."
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